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Having Fun with Books!

The Reading Connection

Reading Strategies outlines three steps to helping your kids LOVE reading.

1.  Find high-interest books 

High-interest books are simply books to which kids are attracted.  You may not have thought of these selections are kid charmers.  Give them a try — you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Check it out!

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Read, speak, sing to your baby

“Read, speak, sing to your baby: How parents can promote literacy from birth.”
A wonderful page about ways you can encourage literacy in your child from a young age.
Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage him to keep trying.
Check out the page here.
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Providence Talks

Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.

 

Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.

Check them out at their website here.

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Closing the Knowledge Gap

Here is a great New York Times article regarding the knowledge gap and the importance of talking to children before they can respond.

Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word

“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/us/trying-to-close-a-knowledge-gap-word-by-word.html?_r=0

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Reasons to Read to Your Baby

Early Literacy Counts: Room to Grow posted 10 benefits to reading to your baby.

Here’s a small preview:

  1. It is a bonding experience between the adult and the child.
  2. A baby’s brain is still developing; reading significantly stimulates this brain development.
  3. Infants learn to listen to and comprehend language.
  4. Reading exposes children to new vocabulary and concepts.

For the last 6 check out the post here:

http://earlyliteracycounts.blogspot.com/2010/07/ten-benefits-of-reading-to-baby.html